Gary Smorgon House lockdown lifted

Gary Smorgon House lockdown lifted

Staff member who worked at another care home with COVID case tests negative.

Gary Smorgon House.
Gary Smorgon House.

JEWISH Care Victoria announced on Wednesday afternoon that a precautionary lockdown at its Gary Smorgon House residence in Caulfield had been lifted.

The lockdown was instigated “out of an abundance of caution” on Monday, May 31 after one of its staff members recently worked at a separate aged care home, which has a confirmed COVID-19 case.

On Tuesday evening, Jewish Care confirmed the staff member had returned a negative result and that no staff or elders at Gary Smorgon have been identified to have COVID.

On Wednesday, Jewish Care Victoria CEO Bill Appleby said elders were “again free to move about their home and importantly are able to enjoy meals and activities together – observing social distancing and sanitisation protocols”.

“We are grateful to our elders, families and staff of Gary Smorgon House who have shown great resilience and spirit during this sudden lockdown. We are thrilled that elders are once again able to enjoy the full amenity of their home,” he added.

Families are reminded of Jewish Care’s COVID-19 Outbreak Communications Centre: (03) 8517 5556 or

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